In addition, if height signals physical dominance, it is likely that taller men make women feel smaller, protected, and perhaps more “feminine” as well.In line with this idea, research has found that women with more “traditional” gender role expectations were less willing to date shorter men (Salska, et al., 2008).“The idea of a ‘perfect partner’ doesn’t exist so be open-minded about the types of people that you could be attracted to!
In line with this idea that height is an indicator of good evolutionary success, researchers found that taller men were more likely to have at least one biological child compared to shorter men (Pawlowski, Dunbar, & Lipowicz, 2000).
Culture also plays a big part in what we like and what is valued in society.
Women may learn to value men who are rewarded in society.
For example, taller men may be seen as more powerful and attractive, so women who are with taller men benefit by attaining a higher social status.
Other factors that influence height preference So, if women have a general preference for taller men and if height is rewarding, then why aren’t we all dating basketball players?
Research shows that when it comes to selecting a potential romantic partner, taller is not always better.A 2016 study, for example, concluded that height is the factor women care about most in a man.And a quick swipe through any dating app would confirm this.Both genders also cited a nice smile as being the first thing to attract them to a potential partner.Maybe, just maybe, we should forget our hair colour and height and profession and just smile then.Taller men may be seen as more dominant and assertive (Melamed, 1992).